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affairs are dissolving. There is indeed in the
Atlantic world hardly a sign as yet of that direct
espionage upon opinion that obliterates the
mental life of the intelligent Italian or German
or Russian to-day almost completely ; one may
still think what one likes, say what one likes and
write what one likes, but nevertheless there is
already an increasing difficulty in getting bold,
unorthodox views heard and read. Newspapers
are afraid upon all sorts of minor counts, pub-
lishers, with such valiant exceptions as the
publishers of this matter, are morbidly discreet;
they get Notice D to avoid this or that particular
topic ; there are obscure boycotts and trade
difficulties hindering the wide diflfusion of general
ideas in countless ways. I do not mean there
is any sort of organised conspiracy to suppress
discussion, but I do say that the Press, the pub- \
lishing and the bookselling organisations in our
free countries, provide a very ill-organised and
inadequate machinery for the ventilation and
distribution of thought.
Publishers publish for nothing but safe profits ;
it would astound a bookseller to tell him he was
part of the world's educational organisation or
a publisher's traveller, that he existed for any
other purpose than to book maximum orders for
best sellers and earn a record commission—